When it comes to motocross gear, there have never been more options for materials, colors, styles, and innovative features. It's no secret that we all enjoy having choices, but with so many ways to go, it can be overwhelming to try to pick. Further complicating things is the fact that gear sales have moved online, and it can be tricky trying to locating a set that has piqued your interest to put your hands on before you buy. Luckily for you, we get to test out nearly every offering each year and become familiar with what works and what doesn't, both in function and in fashion. After spending some time in the latest threads on the market, we collected some of the more popular premium items from a variety of brands to help make choosing your next set easier.
O’NEAL RACING 5 SERIES HELMET | $139.95
FIT | TRUE TO SIZE, NO PRESSURE POINTS
The mid-level offering from O’Neal in the helmet category, the 5 Series helmet checks a number of boxes without breaking the bank. The ABS shell (that’s an acronym for acrylonitrile butadiene styrene) offers protection while maintaining a feathery weight around the layers of energy-absorbing foam inside, which means the helmet meets DOT, ECE 22-05 and AS/NZS safety standards. Coolmax material is used on the liner pads that contact the rider’s head wick away sweat and can be removed for a thorough wash post-ride. The 5 Series helmet is offered in six sizes (Extra Small, Small, Medium, Large, Extra Large, Extra Extra Large) and six colors.
BLUR OPTICS B-50 GOGGLES | $89.99
FIT | LARGE FRAME, NO ISSUES FITTING INTO MOST HELMETS
The BLUR Optics B-50 goggle is one of the most unique products in motocross apparel, as the goggles use strong magnets to hold the lens in place on the frame, not the traditional channeled frame and notched lens. The large Lexan lens is curved to fit flush with the frame, offers an unrestricted field of vision, and is thicker than industry standards to take the energy of flying debris without issue. Three layers of foam line the backside of the goggle to offer a comfortable seal to the rider’s face and absorbs sweat.
O’NEAL RACING MAYHEM LITE JERSEY | $44.99
FIT | ATHLETIC & TIGHT CUT, BUT TRUE TO SIZE (MEDIUM FITS LIKE MEDIUM)
The Mayhem Lite jersey from O’Neal Racing forms four-way stretch fabric into an athletic shape that is slim through the chest and sleeves. In an effort to allow unrestricted movement with the jersey, O’Neal opted for raglan style cuffs on the sleeves and an “infinity collar” that lays flat around the rider’s neck. The colors and patterns are sublimated into the fabric, which means they will remain vibrant after repeated rides and washes. The jersey is offered in five sizes (Small, Medium, Large, Extra Large, Extra Extra Large) and five colors.
O’NEAL MAYHEM HEXX GLOVES | $29.99
FIT | SOFT MATERIAL, UNRESTRICTIVE MOVEMENT, TRUE TO SIZE (MEDIUM FITS LIKE MEDIUM)
The Mayhem Hexx glove follows the trend of minimalistic gloves that allow direct contact with the controls of the motorcycle. With no padding on the top portion, a single-layer synthetic leather palm, silicone material printed like the O’Neal logos on the palm and fingertips to grip the levers, and a Velcro cuff, the Mayhem Hexx glove has all of the necessary features with no bulk elements. The Lite glove is offered in five sizes and seven colors.
O’NEAL RACING MAYHEM LT HEXX PANTS | $119.95
FIT | ATHLETIC & TIGHT CUT, BUT TRUE TO SIZE (32 FITS LIKE 32)
While many gear brands opt for lightweight, unrestrictive stretch materials in their pants and jersey sets, O’Neal instead aimed at durability in the Mayhem LT Hexx pants to go along with the Mayhem Lite top. But that’s not to say that every detail of the pant features the same polyester material; O’Neal used thick and thin pieces of fabric in key areas to offer protection, ventilation, and comfort. All of the branding is sublimated into the material, which means no bulky rubber patches or panels, and the legs are pre-curved in an “attack position.” The Mayhem LT pant is offered in eight sizes (28″-42″) and
O’NEAL RACING RDX 2.2 BOOTS | $399.95
FIT | SOFT INTERIOR, UNRESTRICTIVE MOVEMENT, TRUE TO SIZE (10 FITS LIKE 10)
Aimed at the "high-end" market, the O’Neal Racing RDX 2.2 boot makes use a dual-hinge system on the inner and outer ankles for protection and motion, an adjustable shin plate pieces that protect the lower leg impact, a steel shank to support the thick rubber sole, aluminum buckles that adjust the fit and clasp closed, and latex foam and gel padding around the ankle for comfort and support. The RDX 2.2 boot is offered in seven sizes from 7-13 and three colors.